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Thousands compete in toughest multi-terrain 'Grizzly'

Hundreds compete in this year's 'Grizzly' Photo: ITV News West Country

More than 2,000 runners have been punishing themselves on this year's 'Grizzly' along Devon's Jurassic Coast. It is described as one of the toughest multi-terrain challenges out there and puts competitors through 20 miles of hills, bogs and three stretches of undulating pebble beach on a loop starting and finishing in the town of Seaton.

Musicians play at different points of the course Credit: ITV News West Country

Musicians play at certain points along the course including a group of drummers, entertaining the spectators and beating out a rhythm for the runners.

"It's got this reputation as being a tough race but also everyone's very friendly so it's a great atmosphere as you can see today with the sun shining. Everyone's having a great time but it is very tough. 20 miles of beach, hills, bog, plenty of mud so it's got a bit of everything."

– Dave Thomas, Race Director

Today's warm sunshine was in marked contrast to last year's downpour. This is the 27th running of this gruelling challenge.

Runners on the beach at Branscombe Credit: ITV News West Country